A SLICE from my work life… plus a tiny bit of Medieval Times

A few times a year,  I have really intense production jobs that take all of my time.  During the last few weeks, I’ve had one of those jobs.

I thought that maybe you’d like to come along and see a little of what I do – and how I live – when I am on the road for a shoot.

So, here goes!

(For all of you who have no idea what I do to support my horses… I produce commercials.)


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As we parked our car at the hotel I had noticed a paddock next door.  Odd…What was a horse paddock doing next to a hotel on a very busy street in Anaheim??    Then, as we left for dinner, I saw a HORSE working in the paddock next door!!  Huh?  I couldn’t believe it!

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It was the night before the first day of our shoot… We had a client dinner. I took a photo as the 12 of us ate dinner at the JAZZ KITCHEN at Downtown Disneyland (I had never been there). Downtown Disneyland was hopping! So busy, colorful and joyful!  I wish we could have gone to Disneyland.  I still love Disneyland.

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This is our first day of shooting. We were in the backyard of a house in Encino. This is what they call, “Video Village”. It is where the clients watch the action through a monitor – away from set.

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That evening, I ran up to the 3rd floor of the hotel so I could get a good look at that paddock next door – and saw that we were right next door to Medieval Times! That horse I saw was working out before the show!

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So I ran down the steps and then ran outside and then ran over to check out Medieval Times! But I couldn’t see anything nor any horses. Finally, I found this gate that let me see into the stalls. I could make out one horse, but I know the stalls were full.  I could hear the horses and I knew the stalls were full.

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These images were put up by the Director as we were shooting on Day 1. So, I’m adding them here.

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This is the Director. A youngin’.

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This is Day 2 of shooting. We were on a college campus. Plaid was the choice of the day! (Much of production is ‘hurry up and wait!’ – we spend a lot of time setting up shots.)

Here is a view through the client monitor...

Here is a view through the client monitor…

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At the end of Day 2, the Director mugged with some of the Extras.

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Outside, at the very end of the day, we took a group shot of the crew and talent.

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This is Day 3. I know, it looks like all we do is take photos of each other. To be honest, I kept forgetting to take photos of the shoot … but when OTHER PEOPLE were taking photos of each other, I remembered. So, that is why it seems like all we do is take photos of each other… (if you look closely, you can see the Mascot of the college in the shot.)

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Here we are on Day 3, shooting inside a lecture hall. I got to be an Extra in this shot – not that I wanted to… more that they needed an ‘older’ student so they grabbed me. Oy.

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At the end of the shoot, the directors took a shot with one of our people. I took this shot because it cracked me up how now when you take pics, you have to hold everyone’s phones to take a pic for everyone.

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That night, I went to dinner by myself… I just walked across the VERY LARGE AND LONG street in Buena Park, CA. When I walked under the Medieval Times sign, I had to take a pic.

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As I was coming back with my TO GO meal, I found myself walking next to a male wench from the Medieval Times dining room. He must have been a bus boy or something.

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This was my view as I walked back to my hotel – the front of Medieval Times. It is a HUGE building with an enormous indoor arena where they put on a show for the guests. The parking lot was also huge and full.  I asked someone about the show and they said that it is really for families with kids.  You are designated a knight according to your seating chart – and you root for that knight as they put on a show.  Fun!
This is the official shoot photo taken by the official shoot photographer.   Thanks for going along with me!

This is the official shoot photo taken by the official shoot photographer. Thanks for going along with me!


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Only one comment so far...

  1. Debbie Mollner

    As a horse lover, you MUST go to Medieval Times at least once in your life. The horses they use are absolutely gorgeous and the jousting they do is amazing. After the show you can go into another room
    to meet and see the horses. Next time you are in town, let’s go see the show. I haven’t been in many years but it is really fun.

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